How to Catch Needlefish


The needlefish is a long, pointy fish with a skinny jaw bristling with rows of sharp teeth. They mainly reside in shallow marine habitats, but some have adapted to living in freshwater rivers. Needlefish are natural hunters and catch little fish with their sharp teeth. Because of the hardness of their jaws and their many teeth, needlefish are notoriously difficult to land. Sports fishermen consider them a prized catch and usually release them after capture. Anglers use several techniques to improve their chances of landing a needlefish.

Things You'll Need

  • Surf rod or medium-heavy fishing pole
  • Flash light
  • Bait, such as squid or shrimp
  • Hooks, 1/2 inch to 1 inch
  • Slim wooden bobber
  • Leader, 18-inches
  • Lure, optional
  • Net
  • Catch needlefish on the Atlantic coast or tropical areas in shallow waters, in deeper waters near the surface or in large rivers in Southern states, such as Alabama and Mississippi.

  • Use a surf rod or medium-heavy sport fishing pole to catch needlefish because the poles are built for larger fish. You can catch needlefish from a boat or by wading in shallow waters. A surf rod works best when fishing directly from the shore into the ocean.

  • Bait your line with shrimp or a piece of fresh squid. Use a slim wooden bobber as a casting weight and add an 18-inch leader and a small, sharp hook. Use a lure made for needlefish if you prefer, but because needlefish eat small fishes and seafood, they will be more attracted to bait.

  • Use your flashlight to make figure-eight patterns on the surface of the water. Needlefish are attracted to light and are drawn towards it when they see it.

  • Cast your line across the current. Reel the line in quickly when using lures because needlefish are active fish that enjoy chasing and catching prey. Reel the line in more slowly when fishing with bait.

  • Relax the line as soon as you feel a tug. This will give the needlefish time to eat the bait. After a few seconds, pull the fishing pole back hard. A hard pull is required to hook the needlefish due to its tough mouth and teeth. The needlefish will jump in the air if you have hooked it properly and will continue jumping while you reel it in. Use a net to bring it aboard the boat or onto dry land.

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